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A Spanish Convict, her clergyman biographer, and the amanuensis of her bastard son
Frost, L and Ballyn, S (2001) A Spanish Convict, her clergyman biographer, and the amanuensis of her bastard son. In: Chain Letters: Narrativng Convict Lives. University of Melbourne Press, Melbourne, pp. 91-104. ISBN 0522849776
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In 1829 Adelaide de la Thoreza, a twenty-three-year-old woman born in Madrid, was tried at London's Old Bailey and sentenced to seven years' transportation to Australia. Half a century later a Presbyterian clergyman in the New South Wales town of Richmond wrote a biography of this Spanish convict, who had recently died. In this book chapter we interrogate his romantic account of how the daughter of Spanish aristocrats became first a convict and then a pioneer mother, whose oldest son Alf was born in the Parramatta Female Factory and given the surname "Smith" to cover his illegitimacy. Alf's reminiscences of life as a drover were published in 1909.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Keywords:||female convict Spanish convict pioneer women|
|Publisher:||University of Melbourne Press|
|Page Range:||pp. 91-104|
|Date Deposited:||16 May 2008 01:26|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 03:39|
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